A hymn text written in response to violence and terrorism in our cities

In response to the recent outbreaks of violence and terrorism in our streets Andrew Pratt has written the following hymn text.

Hopeless to help in the face of catastrophe,
helpless while watching this picture unfold,
see history repeating with such regularity,
innocents injured while violence takes hold.

Where is the love when our cities are targeted,
common humanity shattered or lost?
How can we love when such hatred is harvested,
offering grace while not counting the cost?

God stir compassion to heal our communities,
love reaching deep to the centre of loss,
meeting us here in our horror and fearfulness,
vulnerable saviour of comfort and cross.

Alternative final verse:

Stir up compassion to heal our communities,
love reaching deep to the centre of loss,
meeting each neighbour in horror and fearfulness,
draw us together through comfort and cross.
© Andrew Pratt 4/6/2017

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